In the story the author amy tan show how a mother can pressure her daughter to become someone she does not want to be. On the other hand the daughter rebel on the mother for making her do something she doesn’t want to do. On page 1228, the mother the author show the side of the mother that want her daughter to success. She also show that she is a like to ben in control of her her house.The mother clearly have good intention for her child to grow up and become someone respectable in the community. Even though the child want to see to her mother happy she is force to play the piano. She also rebel against her mother for making her play the piano and not allowing her to follow her dreams.
The story also focus on the american dream and the tradition of a family from another country. The american dream is that you can be anyone you want to be and tradition is you follow what your family tell you what to do. Every culture have different view on how children should be raise. My parent came form another country and have a different view from how American children are raise.No parents should push their children to become what they think their child should become in the the future. Parents should decide what their children should study to become, that decision have to be left of their children to make.
“America was where all my mother’s hopes lay. She had come here in 1949 after losing everything in China: her mother and father, her family home, her first husband, and two daughters, twin baby girls. But she never looked back with regret. There were so many ways for things to get better” (pg 1222)
As soo as I began reading this story, this line immediately spoke to me. It is just so powerful and inspiring, especially these days when any little problem or obstacle make people shut down completely. When I see resiliance like that in people it just makes me so happy, even if it is just a fictional story.
However, it did dissapoint ment that the story ended up being about the daughters refusal to cooperate with her mother’s wishes rather than the story of the mother’s triumphs over her own obstacles.
As I was reading, I kept thinking, “Why won’t she just say no I dont wan’t to do this?” It shows the extreme contrast in obidience between American and Chinese children. In English 1101, I read an article, “Chinese Medicine for American Schools” that talked about the immense degree of discipline Chinese students have concerning their school work and grades. American scores were abismal in comparison.
The class got into a heated debate about priorities you can call it. Would you be willing to sacrifice your freedom and happiness for amazing grades. Half of the class, including me, believed that, while good grades are vitally important, they are not worth sacrificing our freeedom of choice. According to the article, all the Chinese students did was study and homework to try and get into a good college which I believe IS important but it should not dominate your life.